As I write this it is 65 degrees and raining... in mid December. This is not the first warm holiday season I've experienced since I moved to Missouri 16 years ago. Indeed, while living in Michigan I can recall several very green winter holidays. What worries me is extreme weather appears to be the new "norm". Either it is extremely tropical and warm, or we endure a Polar Vortex such as happened two years ago. By this time in 2013 the Springfield Public Schools closed several times due to snow.
And this extreme weather is not reserved for winter. All the other seasons endure droughts, floods, or both within a few months of each other.
Yesterday I found Sky Blue Asters blooming in one of my native plant beds. December 12! There are flash floods throughout my neighborhood. Again. Rain that should be snow. Flowers that should be long past blooming time. It's time to put the bickering aside and work together for solutions to this very serious problem.